I tend to live in a fantasy world where college football is looked upon as an amusing little side endeavor for the athletically gifted, while the real money and the packed stadiums are all about witnessing impressive academic feats. Imagine an English major on the field in front of thousands of screaming fans, cheering her on as she scrambles to finish a poem before the end of the fourth quarter. Or a young physicist being showered in Gatorade and hoisted up on celebratory shoulders for finally proving string theory. I love my fantasy world.
But in this world, the money that flows into colleges and universities is, of course, showered on football players and football recruits. Take the University of Michigan, for example. Apparently, some of their booster money is used to print up notes to recruits that mimic the cover of ESPN magazine. But here's where the money isn't being spent: proofreading. Check out this note that Michigan football recruit Mike Weber received.
Yup, he's an All-Amercian all right. And this is from a university. All I can say is it's a good thing football players can't read.
By Steve Boudreault